Urban habitat is an ongoing interest at the Mythological Quarter–from building habitat for specific creatures like bats or bees, to analyzing the cities we live in to understand the relationship the built environment has with wildlife. [caption id="attachment_1390" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Microhabitats on the street in Japan"][/caption]
We are currently on residency in Berlin, and trying to engage with habitat in this city during the short time we are here. Berlin is a city of 3.4 million humans and 20-30, 000 different species of animals. There are huge areas of green space–parks, yards, and empty lots–which foster a wealth of species diversity in this urban center. Berlin is especially a haven for wildlife, though animals in cities are not rare. There is now more wildlife diversity in rambling urban green space than in rural areas regulated by industrial agriculture.
Here are some links related to an exhibition and various organizations that relate to wildlife habitat:
The Biopolis exhibition at the Museum for Naturekunde details urban wildlife in Berlin. We will make a longer post about this exhibition on Monday.
The Bat Conservation Trust, based in the UK is a great community for learning about bats in Europe, bat habitat, and bat conservation. From their website,"Bats have mainly come out of hibernation now and are hungry and active."
A US based organization, the National Wildlife Federation, has an ongoing project to encourage people to create 'Certified Wildlife Habitat' in their yards and communities. Find out more here.
Bugs need homes too. Here is a cool project on bug hotels in London.